|Whether you live in an apartment, or a castle, this regal little dog makes an excellent companion! Popular during the reign of King Charles II (17th Century England), this adorable Spaniel breed was recreated by British breeders during the 1930's and 40's and have since found their way into the hearts and homes of dog lovers world-wide. These small, loveable dogs are fairly low-maintenance. Cavaliers are very intelligent little dogs, and love children. They fit in well into most living situations, and thrive on human attention and companionship. They also get along very well with other dogs, cats and family pets. They do require daily brushing to keep their long, silky coats tangle-free, but are content with one or two short walks or play periods each day. Cavaliers are a great choice for families, singles, elderly or disabled dog-lovers, and people who live in the city!
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The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a much admired Royal Spaniel having been known in Europe and Great Britain since the 16th Century, descending from the toy spaniels of Europe. Packs of the little dogs are said to have been kept by members of the nobility as sporting dogs possessing a highly developed scenting capacity and enjoying nothing better than wading in water. As lap dogs they were popular with the ladies who used them as comforters by laying them on their stomachs or feet as 'warmers' during their long carriage journeys, thereby being known as the "comforter" of "spaniel gentle". They first appeared in the courts of England with the reign of Queen Mary the first. The breed which appears in many of the great paintings by the Masters, received it's name from King Charles II who was always surrounded by the Royal Spaniels. The original toy spaniels became virtually extinct in the Victorian and Edwardian eras as short nosed breeds took the fore. By 1923 the King Charles Spaniel (today's English Toy), with it's flat nose, had replaced the old-type toy spaniel. In 1926 the incentive for revitalization of the old-type Toy Spaniel was provided by Mr. Roswell Eldridge, an American, who offered prizes of 25 pounds for the Best Dog and Best Bitch of this type at "Crufts". The name Cavalier was added when the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club was founded in 1928 to further developthe breed. It was not until 1945 that the Kennel Club (England) granted separate registration from the King Charles. A year later the Club held it's first Championship Show at Stratford-on-Avon. The popularity of these companion dogs had spread around the world and in 1957 the breed gained Canadian Kennel Club recognition. In 1996 it gained American Kennel Club recognition.